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alvinist ministers of New England. Are persons chosen for the representatives of London and Bristol, in like manner chosen to be the representatives of Philadelphia or Boston? Have two men chosen to represent a poor borough in England, that has sold its votes to the highest bidder, any pretence to say that they represent Virginia or Pennsylvania? And have four hundred such fellows a right to take our liberties? F. Alison to E. Stiles. But it was argued again and again: Manchester, Birmingham, and Sheffield, like America, return no members. Why, rejoined Otis, and his answer won immediate applause in England, Monthly Review. why ring everlasting changes to the colonists on them? If they are not represented, they ought to be. Every man of a sound mind, he continued, should have his vote. Ah, but, replied the royalists, holding Otis to his repeated concessions, you own that par- chap. XIV.} 1765. June. liament is the supreme legislature; will you question its jurisdicti
rather than of their fellow subjects. They do not condescend to enter into explanations upon the Stamp Act, but object to its principle, and the power of making it; yet the law was passed very deliberately, with no opposition in this house, and very little in the other. The tax, moreover, is light, and is paid only by the rich, in proportion to their dealings. The objections for want of representation are absurd. Who are affected by the duties on hardware but the people of Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds? And how are they represented? But suppose the act liable to exceptions, is this a time to discuss them? When the Pretender was at Derby, did you then enter upon a tame consideration of grievances? What occasion is there for papers? The present rebellion is more unnatural, and not less notorious, than that of 1745. The king's governors chap. XX.} 1765. Dec. have been hanged in effigy, his forts and generals besieged, and the civil power annulled or suspended. Will you
bound up with those of the Colonies; and Bushe, the friend of Grattan, in imitation of Molineux, published the case of Great Britain and America, with a vehement invective against Grenville. Hate him, said he to Grattan; I hope you hate him. And it was Grenville's speeches and Grenville's doctrine, that roused Grattan to enter on his great career in Ireland. Grattan's Life of Grattan, i. 135, 136. The laboring people of England, also, in the manufacturing districts, especially in Birmingham, longed to enjoy the abundance and freedom of America, and the ships which refused to take English merchandise might have returned full freighted with skilful artisans. T. Pownall to S. Cooper, 25 Sept. 1769. In the history of the English people, this year marks the establishment of Public Meetings, Albemarle's Rockingham, II. 93. under the lead of Yorkshire. The principle of representation, trampled upon by a venal Parliament, was to be renovated by the influence of voluntary assem
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 20., Notes Epistolary and Horticultural. (search)
. Wm. Wells left England for this country in the year 1793 or 4, disgusted with the civil and religious persecution of that time, which resulted in the riots of Birmingham and the mobbing of Dr. Priestly, a friend of Mr. Wells, who also came to this country. Mr. Wells brought with him a wife and eight children, five sons, Wm., Ebite unexpectedly supplemented the accounts given by Miss Osgood of the Wells family. The first is addressed to Benjamin Hall, Esq., Medford, near Boston, dated Birmingham, Cheshire, July, 1781, and subscribed Eliza Worthingto,. late Loughes. She thanks him for having procured for her stock to the amount of $1,144 in the Union Ba oblique lines in ink have been drawn. The writer speaks as having been informed by his father of a bill of £ 100, remitted through Mr. Hall to James Hancox of Birmingham, which he fears lost or delayed, as it had not been heard of so late as 4th April (no year given), and asks for information concerning it, and concludes by sayi
law and top-boot epoch." The London Times adds its deep-toned sayings to the general thunders of denunciation from Europe. It openly advocates the policy of President Davis, and avows its belief that the commerce of the North will be destroyed by the Morrill tariff. It says: "If Americans wish to know with what feelings this measure has been regarded in England, they have only to turn to the Trade Reports of The Times, and their curiosity will be gratified. Thus we find from Birmingham that a hardware and cutlery trade of 3,800,000. is looked upon as worthless. South Staffordshire is in dismay. 'The conduct of Congress on the Tariff Bill has much changed the tone of public feeling with reference to the Secessionists, and none here, even those whose sympathies are with the Northern States, attempt to justify the course which the Protectionists in Congress have pursued.' In Manchester the proposed increase of duties on cotton goods in the United States is causing great a
A wife in Search of her husband. --In the New York Supreme Court, on Wednesday, before Justice Clerks, Mrs. Sarah Locke applied for a writ of habeas corpus, for the purpose of obtaining possession of her husband, who, she alleges, is kept from her by his father. It appears that a year or more ago, Charles E. Locke, who was on a visit to Europe, became acquainted with the petitioner at Birmingham, England, and that he lived with her there some time. They came to this country in the latter part of 1860, and were married in Brooklyn, on the 1st of January last, by the Rev. Benjamin Whalen, a Baptist minister. They lived together until the 9th of , when Mr. Locke suddenly disappeared. His wife alleges that he is secreted ther who intends to send him to California. The wife is an intelligent, good-looking young woman.
The Daily Dispatch: May 4, 1861., [Electronic resource], Great Britain and the Southern Confederacy. (search)
powers is one of deep and absorbing interest, and we hesitate in giving currency to any information on the subject that is not well founded, especially since the Northern journals profess to have assurances that there is no probability of such a result. Still, it may not be amiss to publish anything coming direct from the other side of the water, which shows the feeling among the commercial classes there. The following extract of a letter, dated April 5th, from a commission house in Birmingham, England, to a business firm in Columbus, Ga., possesses significance in this point of view: "The feeling on this side about United States affairs is universally that it is not only better for both North and South to agree on amicable separation, but also that the North must cave — in, (like it or not,) as neither England or France could recognize any partial blockade, which is the utmost the North can attempt. If it is the will of the people to separate, the thing is done, and will be
The Daily Dispatch: may 6, 1861., [Electronic resource], Gen. Harney's account of his arrest and subsequent Adventures in Virginia. (search)
of the cutlery manufacturers, exclusively employed in the American trade, have closed their establishments altogether; but the diminished likelihood of war was raising hopes that the crisis would come to an end sooner than was generally anticipated. At Nottingham, the wholesale houses have been buying more freely, and some few orders from America are reported — enough to revive a feeling of confidence as to the future, and to justify manufacturers looking forward to increased demands. At Birmingham, stagnation in every department is the order of the day. From America the orders are entirely nominal. The long-continued depression in trade is at last becoming serious as far as the artisans are concerned, so many of them having been employed not more than three or four days in the week, and the number of those who are unemployed has been on the increase of late. A number of heavy failures are announced. At Bradford, also, the American houses are either out of the market altogethe
uce France to assume the dominion of its former possession, and it is not unlikely that an excellent understanding exists between the Court of Madrid and the Emperor Napoleon in reference to the subject. The report that the Mexicans have made, or contemplate making, an attack on Texas, is scarcely worthy of credence. As to the Morrill tariff, I can only repeat what I have already said. It must be borne till results show that it cannot be persisted in. Then only will it be repealed or modified. The theory of the Government is, that the United States always takes far more from Europe than it can pay for. "If the revenue is collected there is no ground for complaint. The English and French manufacturer will be satisfied, as well as the Northern population. If the revenue is not collected, then the tariff must be repealed, and that will be done within the year if the mischief is serious." Birmingham, Wolverhampton, and Manchester must make the best they can out of the doctrine.
Foreign Failures. --Messrs Pedroso & Co., one of the best known banking and commission firms in Havana, have been compelled to suspend payment. It is said they asked for a loan of $300,000, offering for security real estate in the city of Havana worth half a million; but were unable to obtain it. They went into business a few years ago with a capital of $2,400,000, most of which it is supposed was invested in sugar estates. They were considered strong, and were highly respected. The London papers announce the suspension of Mr. Thomas Dowling, of London and Birmingham. He was engaged in the lumber trade, and his liabilities are estimated at £50,000.
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